Journalist honoured

2010-06-15 00:00

TWO well-known academics — Professor Keyan ­Tomaselli, from the Centre for Culture, Communication and Media Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and Professor Raymond Suttner, head of the Walter and Albertina Sisulu Knowledge and Heritage Unit School for Graduate Studies at the University of South Africa — will open a special ­exhibition honouring the life of former Drum magazine journalist, GR Naidoo, at the Luthuli Museum in Groutville at noon on June 18.

The exhibition is titled GR Naidoo — a generous eye and it comes to the museum courtesy of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Naidoo was born in Durban in 1928. He joined Drum in 1954, working as a photo-journalist and later he covered the treason trial. He first met Chief Albert Luthuli in 1952 when he was addressing a mass rally at Red Square — now known as Nicol Square — in Durban’s central business ­district.

Over the years he kept close ties with the African National Congress leader and helped other journalists who wanted to speak with and meet with ­Luthuli. Naidoo’s last interview with the struggle leader was in 1964, just before the final banning which prohibited Luthuli from visiting Stanger.

Through his reporting, Naidoo came to ­empathise with the frustration and anger felt by the many people whose movements were restricted by the government.

Inquiries: Luthuli Museum at 032 559 6822/4.

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